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BigBlue7 11-06-2012 06:23 PM

“This is my JK. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My JK is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life.
My JK, without me, is useless. Without my JK, I am useless.”

I just celebrated my first year as a Jeep owner! At the time that I bought it, I have to admit, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Yeah yeah, we all have heard the J.E.E.P. saying; however, I am proud to say, I have found another hobby. I always wanted a Wrangler, and was intrigued by the 4 door. Being a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, I fell in love with the color of the Deep Pearl Blue, "Kentucky Blue," JKU! At first sight I knew it was my soul-mate. Let's just say, quickly I learned beauty is much more than skin deep.

I would have started this build thread many months ago, but like I said, I had no idea how addicted I would become. So addicted, that I even keep a "Timeline" Word doc. on my desktop at work to track Big Blue's progress.

Previous owner had to be a chick, which was made obvious by all the eyeliner and hair ties buried under the driver side carpet, and the Kreayshawn CD left in the disc changer. :fear:

Here is how Big Blue sat when I bought him from CarMax, bone stock with 28,000 miles:

awinski 11-06-2012 06:29 PM

always love reading builds. youll learn a lot on forums. btw can't see the pics.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 06:29 PM

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Day 1

awinski 11-06-2012 06:33 PM

very nice, btw looks like you're stuffing those tires in your avatar, ever think of trimming the fenders/lift/flatties? btw trimming is easier than thought!

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 06:34 PM

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More profile shots.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 06:35 PM

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Day 2: 4 Nov 2011 - First time off road for Big Blue! A rut almost took us into the Tennessee River. Then a tree almost talked me into new fenders.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:01 PM

Vehicle Information Breakdown
Assembly: Toledo, Ohio
Shipped by CarMax from Louisville, KY to North Alabama (two painful weeks of waiting)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
3.8 Liter, V6
Automatic, and yes... 4WD
Hard Top
3.73 Axle Ratio
Grey Cloth Interior

Packages and Options:
Power Convenience Group - Power locks, windows, and keyless entry
Premium Appearance Group - Bumper appliques, interior silver accents
Trailer Tow Package
Remote Start

My first mod, was the removal of the CarMax decal from the tailgate, and the rearview mirror flip. :2thumbsup:

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by awinski (Post 14415179)
very nice, btw looks like you're stuffing those tires in your avatar, ever think of trimming the fenders/lift/flatties? btw trimming is easier than thought!

Thanks brother! :thumbsup: Yea, it's a little tight right now, but I have it set up right, so no rubbing!

This is more of story telling, than a build thread. At least until I catch up to my current additions.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:19 PM

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Added spare tire cover, UK 33 Go CATS!

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:28 PM

11/08/2011 - 12/09/2011
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Got a full set of Rugged Ridge Custom Floor Mats
12920.01 All-Terrain Black Front Floor Liner Set
12950.01 All-Terrain Black Second Row 4-Door Liner
12975.01 All-Terrain Black Cargo Floor Mat

Added Mopar Grab Handles (2 pairs)
P/N 82211740

Installed K&N Performance Intake Kit
K&N 77-1553KP

That was the last day Mountainside ORV was open.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:38 PM

12/25/2011 - 12/27/2011
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Smittybilt Cargo Restraint System (C-RES), low price and looks cool, but there are much better options.

Smittybilt Water Resistant Cab Cover - the worst product I have ever owned period. :thumbdown: Good for nothing.

Installed Rugged Ridge Gas Cover w/ Lock

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 07:49 PM

01/20/2012 - Grill Mesh Mod
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Cheap, and easy. :cheers: It's up there with the mirror flip mod.

Grill Mesh Mod -

EDIT: sand down your adhesive points and use an epoxy to keep it from coming loose over time. I also used a glue gun for extra reinforcement. EDIT: plastic will tear, use steel. Same department at Lowes. They sell them by the piece, so DONT BUY THE WHOLE DAMN PACK. I bought 3 pieces, you will want to cut each in half and trim to size. Paint. Touch up easily with a paint pen (I use Mopar hardtop touch-up pen).

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 08:05 PM

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Installed custom interior swing gate exit handle Pull the vent cover on the right side of the inside gate. you can't miss it. Don't know where he got the handle and grommet, though. handle/cable/brackets are hand throttle assy's at Kragens/PEPBOYS-etc, they have tobe "cut-to-fit. Throttle Cable" kits
Added inserts to fill gap between front seats and console (French Fry Mod) Smooth pipe insulation pieces to fill gap between front seats and console. Kind of a coin/french fry saver. They move with the seats too.

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 08:14 PM

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Installed poly-fil around soundbar speakers and subwoofer, to add sound clarity

Added tie down points on hard top
Added rear cargo storage net

BigBlue7 11-06-2012 08:24 PM

18 Jan 2012
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K/C driving lights, w/ K/C windshield mounts

The time now is 11:33 PM.

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